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New Ryder Cycle Co

New Ryder motorcycles were produced from 1914 to 1919, firstly in Corporation Street and then in Belmont Row, Birmingham.

Between 1914 and 1916 the range remained virtually unaltered. These were early two-stroke machines that were typical of the era, fitted with 269cc Villiers engines and a choice of Amac or Senspray carburettor. There were also several options for the transmission. Other models included a Semi-TT and a ladies' version.

There was a brief appearance in 1919, with the choice of single or two-speed models.

Engine - 2½ h.p. two-stroke Villiers, 269 c.c.
Iqnition - U.H. magneto, chain-driven.
Carburetter - Amac or Senspray.
Change Speed - Two-speed in counter-shaft or Armstrong threespeed hub.
Transmission - Chain and belt or Dunlop belt only.
Dimensions - Height of saddle from ground, 29 in. Ground clearance, 7in. Wheelbase, 55in.
Lubrication - Oil mixed with petrol.
Other Features - Saxon or Druid forks. Hutchinson tyres 26x2.
Price - Fixed gear, £26 5s. Two-speed, £32 5s, Three-speed, £36.
Other Models - Semi T. T. and lady's machine.

New Ryder Co., Corporation Street, Birmingham.

British Lightweights, 1914

New Ryder 269cc, 1916

1916 pattern two-stroke New Ryder, the improvements to which are referred to on this page.

New Ryder Engine Internals, 1916

Piston, connecting rod, and cranks of the two-stroke New Ryder.

New Ryder Engine 1916

Power unit ot the 1916 model two-stroke New Ryder. The cylinder dimensions are 70 mm. × 70 mm. (269 c.c.)


IN our issue for October 21st we briefly described New Ryder models for 1916. We are now able to furnish a further description of these machines. The two-stroke engine has a bore and stroke of 70 X 70 mm., giving a cubic capacity of 269 c.c.

The magneto is mounted behind the engine on a platform cast integral with the crank case. Lubrication may be carried out on the "petroil" system or from a drip-feed lubricator as desired. The rear brake is heel-operated from the left footrest, and the front is the ordinary Bowden rim brake operated from the handle-bar. The frame has a dropped top tube which affords a low riding position, and Saxon spring forks are fitted. The release valve is enclosed, and has a connection to the exhaust pipe, and the silencer, which is large and most efficient, is furnished with extension pipes at each end.

New Ryder machines are supplied either with a single gear, as illustrated, or two-speed counter-shaft. Referring to the sketch of the internal parts of the engine, it will be seen that grooves are provided in the piston to assist lubrication. The finish is in black enamel, the tank being black with a broad gold line round the edges. A desirable feature of these machines is the freedom from vibration which is experienced when on the road, denoting careful attention to engine balance.

The Motor Cycle, November 11th, 1915. Page 465

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle

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